IFC reuniting with Andrea Arnold on Cannes Film Festival documentary ‘Cow’

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Andrea Arnold [Courtesy photo]

IFC Films is acquiring North American rights to “Cow,” a new documentary directed by Academy Award-winning English filmmaker Andrea Arnold.

Shot over seven years, “Cow” had its world premiere in the newly created Cannes Premiere section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.

“This film is an endeavour to consider cows. To move us closer to them. To see both their beauty and the challenge of their lives. Not in a romantic way but in a real way. It’s a film about one dairy cow’s reality and acknowledging her great service to us. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world in her,” Arnold said in a statement.

The film is produced by Kat Mansoor of Halcyon Pictures. It is executive produced by Rose Garnett of BBC Films and Maxyne Franklin and Sandra Whipham of Doc Society, according to a news release.

IFC Films has announced that it is acquiring North American rights to “Cow,” a new documentary shot over seven years and directed by the highly acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold. [Courtesy photo]

IFC Films previously collaborated with Arnold on her award-winning film “Fish Tank,” which starred Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender.

“We are beyond thrilled to reunite with Andrea again after the incredible debut of ‘Fish Tank’ over a decade ago. ‘Cow’ is a poignant extension of her remarkable career and we are looking forward to sharing this emotional and deeply universal story with audiences across North America,” said Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films, in a statement.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Bocco and IFC Films’ Director of Acquisitions’ Aijah Keith, with Josh Braun, Ben Schwartz and Matt Burke of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

In addition, mk2 films handled worldwide sales outside of North America.

Born in Kent, England, Arnold studied directing at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. After making several short films, she won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2005 for “Wasp.”

In 2006, her first feature film, “Red Road,” won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award.

Her second film, ”Fish Tank,” won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the 2010 BAFTA for Best British Film.

Arnold’s third film, an adaptation of the Emily Brontë novel “Wuthering Heights,” premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

Her most recent film, ”American Honey,” was shot in America with Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf. It won Arnold her third Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Plus, Arnold directed the second series of “Big Little Lies” for HBO in 2018-19.


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